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Dakota Levine is a sixth-grade student at Howard T. Herber Middle School.

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She works very hard and always completes her school work. Dakota comes to class with a great smile and is always helping others.

HTH Presents The Wizard of Oz

HTH Presents The Wizard of Oz photo

Click for highlights from the performance.

Monthly Bond Update

Video Update Jan. 2019


AP & All-State Honors

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At its Jan. 8 meeting, the Board of Education and members of administration honored two students for being named All-State Musicians. In addition, staff from Malverne High School, as well as the principals from each of the buildings, were honored for the district being named to the 9th Annual AP Honor Roll. Congratulations to all!

Upcoming MLK Celebration

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The entire community is invited to join us in a special celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m., in the Howard T. Herber Middle School auditorium. The event will also recognize Davison Avenue Assistant Principal Stephen Benfante and community leader Patrick Coonan who will both be bestowed with the district’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award. Performances from students from each of the district’s four schools will also be a part of the celebration.

As an educator for 27 years, Stephen J. Benfante has impacted students' lives of every age, from pre-kindergarten through the graduate level. He graduated Binghamton University with a degree in psychology and a concentration in biology and began his career as a researcher for Adelphi University's School of Education. As he worked on his master’s degree in education, he studied the cultural integration of elementary students in the classroom and subsequently became the science teacher for the School of the Transfiguration in Corona, Queens. In the following years, he worked in Elmont and in 2004, Mr. Benfante became an assistant principal in the Malverne Union Free School District.

While at Malverne, he has had the opportunity to work with students on every grade level, K - 12. Continuing in his belief that an educator must cultivate the full value of a student's experience, Mr. Benfante has successfully made innovative contributions to the multitude of district initiatives designed to enhance student achievement, develop strong character traits and promote family involvement. His work with the district’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee is among the endeavors of which he’s most proud. Throughout his life, Mr. Benfante has been so moved by Dr. King’s vision that his dream has been an interwoven core of his own purpose and vision in life. Stephen Benfante acts on an inherent belief that the “treasures of our children brilliantly shine through the lenses of our hearts.” Mr. Benfante feels that being recognized as a Dr. Martin Luther King Honoree is the most humbling distinction he has ever achieved and one he will always cherish and hold in the highest of esteem.

Dr. Patrick Coonan graduated from Malverne High School in 1972 and earned his degree from Adelphi’s School of Nursing in 1978. Following graduation, Dr. Coonan spent the next 10 years moving around the Bronx and Manhattan as he held nursing positions in various capacities — as staff nurse, nurse manager, assistant director and director. In 2004, Dr. Coonan returned to his alma mater when he was named dean of Adelphi’s School of Nursing and was responsible for overseeing the administration and operations of the nursing program, as well as policy, program development, quality and student outcomes. Under his leadership, the School of Nursing became the College of Nursing and Public Health, and moved into a brand new building that includes state of the art nursing labs he designed from the ground up. He is a member of numerous organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives, and has received many accolades for his achievements.

Dr. Coonan was first elected to the Malverne Board of Education in 1997 and served one term. After taking a short hiatus, he ran again in 2007 and was elected to his second term, where he remained and served as board president through 2012. Among his many accomplishments, he helped oversee the passage of the $14 million bond that provided upgraded athletic facilities and expansions to the elementary schools. Dr. Connan has been a strong supporter of the music and marching band program for more than 20 years, and was pivotal in organizing other band parents to get involved. He and his wife, also a Malverne graduate, have been happily married for 41 years and have four children and one grandchild.

We hope to see you at the event.

Pre Kindergarten Spring Flyer


Blanket Donation

Blanket Donation
On behalf of the National Honor Society and the entire Malverne community, High School student Amber Wilkins donated eight large bags filled with blankets to the Freeport Salvation Army. She is pictured making to the donation to Captain Giovanny Guerrero, Freeport Corps Officer and Captain Ester Rosamilia-Guerrero, Freeport Corps Officer who thanked the community for their thoughtfulness this winter season.

Mules Win Memorial Tournament

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Boys Varsity Basketball team defeated Port Washington High School in the Championship Game of Hank Williams Memorial Tournament on December 29th. Donovan Ishmael, DJayani Gaston and Michael Warren Jr. were all named to the All-Tournament Team of Hank Williams Memorial Tournament. Michael Warren Jr. was named MVP of the Hank Williams Memorial Tournament. Congratulations to all!

Forces for the Holidays

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Members of the Davison Avenue School’s Special Forces teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island for a holiday drive. They collected gently used toys and new toys for their various programs across Long Island. Special Forces also collected hats, scarves, mittens, & gloves.

All-State Musicians

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Two students performed in the 2018 NYSSMA All-State Chorus held in Rochester, NY Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Congratulations to Seun Ajirotutu and Malachi Thomas who were selected from the thousands who auditioned. In order to be considered for All-State, they had to receive a score of 98 or higher on a Level 6 NYSSMA solo last Spring, and also had to be ranked number one at that particular NYSSMA site. They performed at the Kodak Theatre at the Eastmen College of Music. Malachi has also been selected for the All-Eastern Honors Choir.

December 2018 Newsletter (Band Feature) – Now Available


Holiday Artwork

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The art club at Davison Avenue has been creating mixed media art projects. Under adviser Ms. Ebbets, the students have been using paint, cut-outs and color to bring their artwork to life. Throughout the month of December, the students have been creating holiday-inspired works.

Scholar-Athletes & MLK Honorees

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Congratulations to the four New York State Scholar-Athlete Teams honored at the district’s Dec. 11 Board of Education meeting. Also recognized that evening were this year’s MLK honorees, Assistant Principal Stephen Benfante and community member and student activist Dr. Patrick Coonan.

All-County Honors

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Congratulations to Mason Richard, Jovani Duran, Malachi Thomas and Donovan Ishmael on their All-County awards from the Nassau County Coaches Association.

AP Honor Roll

Once again, Malverne High School was placed on the College Board’s Annual AP District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success in Advanced Placement Courses. Malverne was the ONLY district named from Nassau County for the honor this year and is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. To be included, MHS had to, since 2016, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.   More specifically, Malverne experienced a 23% increase in enrollment while increasing the percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher by 15%!

“This is an award not only recognizing our AP program, but our entire school community.  This recognition could not be possible without the collective effort and support of the entire school community from parents, counselors, staff, central office, administration, and most importantly our students and teachers,” Dr. Romano said. “Thank you to the Board of Education for supporting all our initiatives to provide students with abundant support.”

Soccer Stars

Soccer Stars
Congratulations to our student-athletes who received awards from the Nassau County Boys Soccer Association.
Mackensdy Dormeus – Senior Scholar-Athlete
Bradley Dorcant – All-Conference
Evis Mejia – All-Conference

Outstanding Phys-Ed Students

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Congratulations to Breyana Moore and Christian Morgan who were selected as recipients of the Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Students of the Year Award. Sponsored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, this award recognizes one male and one female Nassau County high school senior from each school district who exemplify outstanding scholastic ability, physical education performance and leadership qualities.

Award-Winning Athletes

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Congratulations to these student-athletes who received awards from the Nassau County Girls Volleyball Association last night:
Alanna Jacelon - All-Conference
Ayeka Fibleuil - All-Classification
Breyana Moore - All-Classification

Commended Students

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Congratulations to seniors Nelson Chow and Monique Rampersaud who have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Program. Commended students place among the top 50,000 scorers of the 1.6 million students who entered by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). They are among the top 3%, representing only 34,000 nationwide, who are recognized with this honor.

National Hispanic Scholar

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Congratulations to senior Jack Cecere who has been named a 2018-2019 National Hispanic Recognition Scholar by the College Board. The National Hispanic Recognition Program honors Hispanic and Latino American students who score in the top 2.5% by region. Jack received this honor based upon his completion of the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT as a junior.

Traditional Activities

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Kindergartners at MWD dressed up as Native Americans and participated in traditional activities from years past. Such activities included sifting for cranberries, archery, making jewelry, building homes, making butter, weaving and more.

Photography Exhibit

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Ten photography students from MHS had work selected for inclusion in a juried exhibit at the Freeport Memorial Library. The show, called Kaleidoscope: Long Island Students Point Of View Photography, is sponsored by the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport. The pieces were selected by juror Dave Lyons who is a photo editor at Newsday. The show will be on display until November 30, 2018. Congratulations to: Talha Amray, Alexandria Delligatti, Saradia Diegue, Morenike Iyageh, Javett Jowhill, Daanish Khan, Victoria Matheos, Daniel Parfait, Tamaira Smalls and Gabriela Varela.
Thursday, January 17, 2019